Plant Circadian Rhythms Impact Climate Change Studies

ScienceDaily (July 14, 2009) — The ability of plants to tell the time, a mechanism common to all living beings, enables them to survive, grow and reproduce. An international team has studied this circadian clock from a molecular viewpoint and has found an ecological implication: it makes climate change scenarios and CO2 level figures more accurate.

Resco et al. Ecological implications of plants’ ability to tell the time. Ecology Letters, 2009; 12 (6): 583 DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01295.x

Climate Change: Implications for Proliferation of Deadly Pathogens

A new report released by the Wildlife Conservation  Society names 12 deadly pathogens likely to spread into new geographic regions of the endangering both human and animal populations.  The “deadly dozen” includes ebola, avian flu, cholera, yellow fever, tuberculosis and other diseases that could easily spread with changing temperature and precipitation patterns,  causing challenges to health, health care systems,  national economies, and ecosystems.  Read more at the Society website.